You could always disable shadows in settings and gain advantage over other players in multiplayer. Shadows play a great role in camouflaging and I do not consider this feature as minor. Same thing could apply for post processing effects or any other graphical setting, which can be lowered and provide unfair visual advantage.
There is currently setTerrainGrid command and it would be very great to see at least something for shadows like setShadowQuality or forceShadowQuality.
Mission makers or server admins should be able to control graphical settings one way or another, so that the game plays fair for everyone.